Update 2:18 p.m.

State Police trooper Richard Reaser was treated and released from a local hospital after crashing into the guardrail on the Maine Turnpike early this morning while responding to a crash.

The interstate had become suddenly slick from freezing rain and black ice and Reaser lost control of his cruiser at 3:30 a.m.

Sgt. James Urqhart said there were about a dozen crashes early this morning as a result of slippery conditions on the southern end of the turnpike. None of the crashes resulted in serious injuries.

Forecasters say southern Maine could get several inches of snow and police suggested motorists get their vehicles ready for winter, including replacing wiper blades and tires as needed.

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Lebanon rescue crews responded to a pair of accidents early this morning, the result of sliding off icy roads.

“Fortunately no one was seriously injured. The roads just appeared to be wet and they were actually all ice.” Assistant Chief Jason Cole said.

“While working at both accidents, a lot of vehicles went by with a lot of ice build up on their windshields, so I think the ice took a lot of people by surprise,” he said.